Friday, July 16, 2010

The Darker Side of Positive Thinking

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

I once went with a friend to search for a book he was looking for that he wanted to have that day. "I need it for the meeting tonight", he'd said. He was referring to an MLM meeting (yeah, I was once involved in that nonsense). So, we were at this mall, and that was when they still had these little mini-bookstores like B. Dalton and Waldens, so we go inside and start searching the shelves. It was some obscure book he'd read years ago, and we didn't see it any where.

"It's gonna be here, I know it!" he said. "Just think positive!"

He bent over and continued searching, going over the same rows of books again and again long after I'd given up. When we finally left without finding the book, he didn't say a word.

Though I've forgotten the title and author of that book he'd asked me to help him search for, I do remember it was a book on positive thinking.


  1. Thanks for running Barbara's very important message on the negativities of positive thinking. We need to hear it every day over and over as it's a killer.

    I wrote an essay on her new book, Bright-Sided, when it was published earlier this year, and had the video at my site.

    I recommend it highly.

    Hope we can get a few more people to pay attention to this fraud.


  2. Positive thinking is its own religion. I wonder if those people signing adjustable rate mortgages were just thinking positively, or if investment bankers gambling with the futures of others were thinking positively. I bet Obama doesn't want to be a Debbie-downer and call the wars unwinnable, so he throws thousands of more kids into the graveyard marchine while looking on the bright side: he'll probably be re-elected if he actually catches Osama.


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